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Bloomberg School Students Translate the Science in COVID-19 Video Series



COVideo19 is an initiative led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students aimed at providing science-based, social media friendly information on COVID-19 in multiple languages. The students are part of the Digital Health Society, the student arm of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative.

The video series, aimed at young, connected audiences around the globe, challenges viewers to become “public health warriors” and combines scientific knowledge about COVID-19 with instructions on how to help stop its spread. In addition to the introductory video—now available in 20 languages and counting—COVideo19 features brief Q&As in multiple languages that address common myths, misconceptions, and concerns sourced from students’ home communities, ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on mental health to the seasonality of the coronavirus.

The campaign is led by Charles Ng, MD (MPH expected in 2020) and Nhi Dinh (MSPH in International Health expected in 2021). Faculty support has been led by Alain Labrique, PhD, MHS, MS, Rupali Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA, and Michelle Colder Carras, PhD, all from the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health. 

"It's really inspiring to see how students from around the world came together to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 misinformation, despite being locked down, isolated from each other, and shouldering a challenging burden of classwork," says Labrique.

The videos can be found on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s YouTube channel, in the Student-Led SciComm Initiative playlist.

“I feel truly humbled to have met many dedicated ‘public health warriors,’ both in person and electronically, from all around the world from leading COVideo19. The network that we have built echoes the key message of togetherness that we want to emphasize through this project—if each of us takes an action, collectively we can make a positive and powerful impact,” says Dinh.

The content was developed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students including: Shuoci Su, Rui Chen, You Wang, Andrew Yu, Stephanie Mou, Naosato Shibata, CiJoon Jeong, Cynthia Li, Song, John Yoon, Christin Ko, Xinjie Cindy Yin, Zachary Berliner, Alexandra Mueller, Alex Zimmer, Paulina Sosa, Alia Sunderji, Karina Chavarria, Karim Medlej, Nika Elmi, Alix Faddoul, Jaymie Brooks Dumproff, Haley Budigan, Kirsten Evans, Erin Beasley, Annelise Long, Alexis Dowiak, Sadie Derouin, Spruha Kurlekar, Thakshayeni Skanthakumar, Hunied Kautsar, Ekamol Tantisattamo, Malvikha Manoj, Neha Shanker, Nhi Dinh, and Charles Ng.